Chest 155, Parklands

7 Nov

 

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Chest 155, Parkland

The pictures that comprise this image were taken in parkland, in Queensland, in a wet, humid area. These conditions are ideal for the growth of environmental fungi. Fungal organisms are indispensable in the natural ecosystem and to life on this planet. They benefit humans, plants and animals, but they also interact in pathological ways. Of the many thousands of identified fungi only a dozen or so are “life-threatening” to humans, indeed many benefit humans such as penicillin. There are very few “primary” human fungal pathogens, e.g. coccidiomycosis and histoplasmosis.

Fungi can however cause devastating disease in plants and animals, though very few can do both. Cryptococcus gattii is one that infects both humans and animals but is non-pathogenic in plants. Humans are largely resistant to fungal disease, possibly due to the high basal temperature of mammals which fungi do not like.

The incidence of fungal disease in humans is however increasing, most likely due to the growing population of immuno-compromised people e.g. people who have received organ transplants, people on long term steroid treatment, and of course HIV/AIDS, and once established these diseases are difficult to treat.

The X-ray, which is hardly visible in this image, is from a woman who contracted Cryptococcus gattii in South-East Asia. This causes a deadly infection of both lung and brain. It was initially a disease of tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia and Australia but is recognized as an emerging disease in Canada.

 

Chest 154; Purple headed mountain

26 Aug
Chest 154; purple headed mountain

Chest 154; Purple headed mountain

Using Photoshop I drew the background hills and vegetation in a soft water-colour type of picture, then backed it with colour and texture. Finally with a chest X-ray of a man with severe emphysema. Just the sort of person whose respiratory reserve is so small that a small chest infection sends them into respiratory failure and the skin goes blue-purple with with severe cyanosis.

 

 

Scavenger hunt – Simplify

24 Aug
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Simplify – Simple joys

This component of the challenge was to simplify. For my base Image I took a single coronal slice from a Computed Tomography (CT) slice of the face. Only the tip of the nose, the lips and tip of the chin are included.

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Simplify – a simple CT scan

Set against a blue background it gives the impression of a stone pagoda in a Zen garden. simple and beautiful. I wanted to introduce colour but maintain the simple shapes so superimposed it on part of an oil painting which gave texture, and then included the chest X-ray of a normal child. Almost all of the X-ray is subsumed into the base layers leaving only a gentle shadowy halo around the central figure that now looks like a geisha.

Scavenger hunt Challenge – Patterns

24 Aug
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Patterns

This challenge had ten components, Patterns is one I liked. I find rigid patterns too stiff and formal and want some chaos out of which a pattern arises. I found this in a picture of rusty old bed-springs Taken some years ago.

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Patterns in bedsprings

The repetitive swirls and wiggly lines was most appealing. I overlaid this with a study of the sun setting through a flamboyant tree in flower (We call it poinciana in Australia). It includes a Chest X-ray of a child which almost disappears into the background, but provides enough alteration in the texture to make a frame around the bright centre. There was little photo processing other than the overlain images and the blending mode to bring the components through.

Scavenger challenge; Architecture

19 Aug

This base image was taken in an architect designed underground home in Switzerland.  The image was combined with images of fishing boxes taken on a visit to Cape Cod, and the normal Chest X-ray of a dear friend who has no association with architecture whatever.

 

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Architecture – the base image

 

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Architecture 

Scavenger challenge; Silhouette

19 Aug

The next few images I shall be posting are a series of challenges. There are ten of them called the Scavenger group, and they cover a variety of photographic subjects. I shall include both the index image, and my artistic development of it.

The first was titled Silhouette, and was taken at a festival in the dark as the person in front of me took a flash photograph. It was combined with a reflected fish in a fish-tank. The image contains the X-ray image of a person with a pneumonia that obscures the silhouette of the heart. This is known, unsurprisingly as the silhouette sign and is a very useful diagnostic tool.

 

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Silhouette – the original image

 

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Silhouette 

Chest 154; Lotus

28 Jul

I don’t yet have a proper name for this picture, built up from images collected in Kakadu National Park. There was a lotus flower floating on the river’s edge obviously broken from the beds of lotus further upstream. It formed the basis of a series of images layered to give this final picture. The lotus is a symbol of purity and detachment, the flower floating on the surface of the water in the light attached by a thin stem to the dark mud below.

There is a lot of pink in it with the association between pink and breast cancer. So I included the chest X-ray of a woman with breast cancer and complications. The link between this disease which would likely soon “release” her from this earthly life, as it were, and the broken flower floating away was too strong to ignore.

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Chest 154; Lotus

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